Friday, September 13, 2013

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Written by Lauren Lind

Have you ever imagined working for yourself, doing exactly what you have dreamed of doing? So much of the time we think we are limited in our career options. Becoming an entrepreneur is an option that many college students and people in general forget about. Here are some tips for the college student who has aspirations of being their own boss. 

  1. Instead of joining clubs to join a club, start your own club or be a leader in a club that you are passionate about. 
  2. Make a list of any ideas for business that you have. 
  3. Narrow the list by finding out as much as possible about every business idea that you have. Then pick your focus. 
  4. Shadow leaders who you admire who are in the industry you are interested in. Pick their brains and obtain as much advice as you can from them. 
  5. Start a blog about anything you are interested in. 
  6. Obtain a technical skill set. These skills are very important for any start up. 
  7. Read Inspired & Unstoppable, Wildly Succeed in Your Life’s Work! by Tama Kieves and How to Win friends & influence people by Dale Carnegie. Also, read books that interest you and apply those books to real life.

These are just some tips for students while they are still in college to use when seeking to become an entrepreneur. I went to The Unjob Fair in Denver this summer and had the opportunity to listen to many guest speakers, including Tama Kieves, talk about the importance of small business, entrepreneurialism, and making your dreams reality. I observed that there were a lot of people there who have various creative visions for their own businesses and are ready to quit their jobs that they can’t stand. A quote that stood out to me from the conference was, “If you’re this successful at doing work you don’t love, what could you do with work you do love?” Before the fair, I had never once thought about starting my own company. The thought of making my life’s work something I am passionate about doesn’t sound too shabby. 

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